WHO investigates food poisoning at Mosul IDP camp

WHO says no deaths have been documented as it probes suspected cases of foodborne illness in Hassan Sham U2 camp.

     WHO investigates food poisoning at Mosul IDP camp
    The affected communities are mainly IDPs from west Mosul of which a third of all the cases are children and two-thirds are women [File: Reuters]

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it had rapidly responded to suspected foodborne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp for displaced Iraqis after hundreds suffered food poisoning.

    WHO said that the response operation was carried out in coordination with Erbil and Nineveh Directorates of Health (DOH).

    The affected communities are mainly IDPs from west Mosul of which a third of all the cases are children and two-thirds are females.

    The UN health body said that no deaths have been documented so far, pointing out that it is conducting an investigation of the illness cases, the majority of which predominately presented with vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea, consistent with foodborne illness.

    Stool and food samples have been collected and sent to Central Public Health Laboratory in Erbil for further analysis.

    A statement issued by WHO said that at approximately 9:00 pm on 12 June 2017, the DOH Erbil received notification of suspected foodborne disease in Hassan Sham U2 IDP camp, West of Erbil. Together with Erbil health authorities, an investigation team was dispatched to the field.

    According to the statement, 825 cases have been reported, of these 638 were referred to various health facilities; 386 cases have been admitted to hospitals in Erbil.

    The Ministry of Health will communicate the findings of the laboratory investigations and report to all health partners and stakeholders in Iraq. In Light of this event, Erbil DOH further reinforces its earlier instructed to all camp managers to avoid any distribution of hot meals to IDPs.

    SOURCE: News agencies


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